Nothing Can Bring Back Boko Haram, Says Director, Defence Information

January 5, 2017, 3:57 pm

The Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, on Thursday đeclared that nothing can bring back Boko Haram into country as the sect has been completely defeated. 

Brig Abubakar, who made this declaration while addressing journalists at the Ernest Ikoli Press Centre, Port Harcourt, stated that the Nigerian Military has successfully and completely defeated the Boko Haram insurgency. 

He noted that "what we are seeing now as Boko Haram in Nigeria are just remnants that carry out these attacks. Most of the children that we caught were children who don't even know what they were doing.

"They were being drugged and have the explosive devices trapped on them. Most of them were drugged and they were ambitious so that those who sent them will meet their target.  

“Even in most developed nations, you can hardly completely wipe out insurgents. There is always one scenario or the other, just to pretend as if they are alive.

But Boko Haram and all its apparatus have been completely destroyed. Boko Haram members are in disarray and that was why we issued a statement last week that due to the on-going crackdown on Boko Haram, some escapees may try to integrate into the communities.

"As we announced this, we were equally working with othersecurity agencies, who we have always collaborated with, to ensure that those fleeing Boko Haram members are apprehended. That helped us in Abuja and otherplaces where we apprehended fleeing Boko Haram members.

“BokoHaram is gone in Nigeria and it has gone for good. There is no Jupiter that can bring Boko Haram; what we are doing is to only sensitise citizens on the need to alert us on fleeing Boko Haram members," he further said.

Abubakar, who said he was on a nation-wide tour to seek support and understanding of stakeholders, especially the media, called on journalists to be guided by national interest in their reportage of security issues. 

On the fate of the Chibok girls, he said, “our Operation Rescue Finale is still ongoing to rescue the girls. Everybody who has been held hostage by Boko Haram, including the Chibok girls, will be rescued," assured.

In a related development, Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has stated that the State Government would support the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in strengthening the Security Architecture of the state and its environs.

Wike also advised the officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army 6 Division against the politicisation of crime, noting that security is vital to the actualisation of all developmental

The governor spoke on Thursday, at the Government House, Port Harcourt when he received the General Officer Commanding(GOC) the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abdulkareem, who was on a courtesy visit to the governor. 

He said: "Let me assure you that as a government, we will continue to support the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army with the needed logistics to carry out her duties. Security leads to the improvement of the other sectors." 

He commended the new GOC for the quick successes in Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) where cultists were uprooted. 

The governor urged the military to step up its operations in ONELGA to dislodge the remnants of cultists who refused to accept the State Amnesty Programme by laying down their arms. 

He lauded the Federal Government for establishing the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army to help fight crime in the state, pointing out that his administration would continue to work for the unity of the country.  

In his remarks, General OfficerCommanding, 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Kasimu Abdulkareem, informed that the new division was created on November 7, 2016 out of the 82 Division to promote regional security.  

He said the division with headquarters in Port Harcourt covers Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Delta and Bayelsa States.  According to him, the new division would fight pipeline vandalism, cultism and militancy. The General Officer Commanding the 6 Division called on the Rivers State Government to support the division.

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